History, Affiliations & Rankings
A public research university, the history of the University of Bath can be traced back to 1595 when the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College was founded. It was only in 1966 when its Royal Charter was granted, establishing the Bath University of Technology which later became the University of Bath in 1971. The university is a member of a number of organisations including the Association of Commonwealth Universities, European Quality Improvement System, GW4, Universities UK, European University Association and European Quality Improvement System. It has been awarded Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and ranked 6th best university in the country by the Guardian University Guide 2021 and 9th best overall by the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
Infrastructure, Campus & Courses
Located on Claverton Down, the University of Bath’s main campus is a purpose-built campus in the South West of England. The campus comprises three faculties, three institutes, 16 departments, accommodation both on campus and in the city centre, well-equipped laboratories, a library, Sports Training Village, Students’ Union, food and drink facilities, arts and creativity hub and more. All in all, the University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of humanities, science, social sciences, management, engineering. It also offers professional development and online postgraduate courses. 87% of its research was defined as internationally excellent or world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). According to the 2021 Guardian University Guide, the university’s 13 subjects are ranked in the top 10.
Accomplishments & Alumni
The University of Bath has over 125,000 alumni living and working in 172 countries around the world. They have been recognised for doing impactful work in the fields of arts and media, politics, law, business, sports, academia and many more. Notable alumni include Ash Atalla, Rob Bell, Peter Butcher, Paul S Allen, Soug Altman, Sandy Abi Elias, to name a few. The university has been ranked 4th out of 122 in the THE Student Experience Survey 2018 based on student experience across categories such as wellbeing support, campus facilities, teaching and so on. It has also been awarded two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education - the most distinguished national recognition for a UK vocational or academic institution.
Student Diversity & Visiting Companies
International students enrolled at the University of Bath represent over 30% of the overall campus population. According to the latest statistics, of the total number of students, 13,619 are undergraduates, 5,249 are postgraduates, 47% are male students and 53% are female students. The university prides itself on its quality and quantity of placement opportunities in over 2,500 public, private and voluntary sector organisations, both in the UK and overseas. Every year, the university’s Career Service organises up to 400 employers to visit the university for placements. It was also one of the 15 universities most targeted by top graduate employers in the UK between 2019 and 2020.
The UK has started to ease Covid restrictions, in line with which the University of Bath has been developing its plans for the current and upcoming academic years. Here are the latest updates as to the university’s response to the pandemic:
Delivery of courses will vary depending on the needs of each course. However, the university is planning to conduct as many in-person classes as possible. As of May 17, 2021, there are no longer restrictions on in-person teaching of students.
The university has rated countries as red, amber or green for Covid-19. An international student must follow the rating requirements before planning their arrival in Bath.
Students who are unable to arrive in the UK because of travel restrictions in their home country, the university will continue to support them to help them achieve good learning outcomes through online course content until they can travel to Bath.
In case international students are facing financial hardship due to Covid, they can apply to the university’s Hardship Fund.
The rent rebate period for students who are not able to resume in-person learning due to Government restrictions has now been extended to the end of their accommodation contract.
Since April 12, the university has been offering outdoor food and drinks with table service.
University libraries and study centres are open.
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